Stephanie O’Dea

K-12 Education Policy Advisor

Stephanie O’Dea brings a wealth of experience from the K-12 education field to her role as Governor Whitmer’s K-12 Education Policy Advisor.  She served for 19 years as a high school teacher, K-12 administrator, and most recently as the Associate Superintendent of Instruction at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.  She was elected to the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) executive board, serving as the chair from June 2020 until beginning her role in the Governor’s office.  Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Spring Arbor University, a secondary teaching certificate, a K-12 administrative certificate and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan- Flint. She resides in Greenville and is the proud parent of three amazing kids.


Day 2
September 21, 2023
8:30 am

General Session

21 September
Time:  8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location:  Governors' Ballroom

- Welcome
- Keynote: The Implications and Implementation of PERA
- Featured Speaker: Update from the Governor's Office

Keynote: The Implications and Implementation of PERA
In the Summer of 2023, the Michigan Legislature significantly amended PERA and Section 1248 of the Revised School Code. How did we get here and what does it mean? This presentation will briefly explore the history of labor relations in Michigan schools and provide a pathway to move forward.

Featured Speaker:
Join Dr. Tina Kerr for a sit down with two of the governor's key education advisors to discuss policies, ideas, and the current education landscape.

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